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3 Days Worth….

………….of Baking, GrillingRunning, Shopping & Wrapping Gifts!

As you might imagine it was quite a busy 3 Days (Friday, Saturday & Sunday) for me this past weekend. 

I too Friday off so I could do some shopping so let’s start there.

Orlando Premium Outlet Mall (International Drive)

My husband and myself ventured to International Drive in order to do a day of shopping while our little one was at school.  We hit the Orlando Premium Outlets while there and looked for some Christmas Gifts as well as a jacket for my husband

Our shopping venture took us to other stores around the outlets, including Bass Pro Shop across the street.  This store was massive.  A man’s dream store, as I confirmed from all the men inside.  I can honestly say I have never seen so man men in one store in my life. 

My husband finally found the jacket he was looking for and I got a few things on my list as well.  Another trip will need to take place later this week but only for a few odds and ends luckily.  I think I might hit the mall that time so I can take in all the decorations and enjoy a nice lunch, a holiday tradition for me.  Just doesn’t feel like the holiday’s without doing both.  =)

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Next, let’s review grilling as I did just that on both Friday and Saturday nights for dinner.

On Friday night I made Brown Sugar Bourbon marinated pork chops on the grill for dinner along with roasted potatoes and corn on the cop

The meal was super yummy.  The pork chops came out perfectly.  I grilled them with only one layer of charcoal and let them sit for approximately 8 to 10 minutes per side on the grill until they were all crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside.   ***Sorry for the lack of pictures, it was a busy/tiring day and I completely forgot.

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On Saturday night I made Mahi on the grill along with a baked stuffed crap cakes, fries and green beans on the side for dinner.

Dinner

This was My 1st Official Attempt At Making Fish and not just on The Grill, AT ALL!!!

It all started when I was walking by the seafood department at Publix and found Mahi on sale for $6.99 lb.  I confirmed with my husband that he liked this kind of fish (he does, though he pointed out it wasn’t his favorite) and then I proceeded to ask the kind lady behind the counter to wrap it up for me and also her advise on how it should be cooked.

Once I got home I followed her instructions by doing the following:

  • Coated the fish with olive oil plus lots of blacking spices for fish.
  • Grilled it for approximately 4 to 5 minutes per side until it the meat was white and flaked off on the edge with a fork.

And, the below was born!!!

Mahi on the grill!

I also got stuff crap cakes that I baked 1st for 10 minutes at 350 degrees and browned on top of the stove after.

Crapcake

French Fries

While baking and grilling my fish picks I also fried up some french fries and nuked some canned green beans for the sides.

For my 1st attempt at this dish I was very pleased and will make again as it was extremely tasty!!!

As mentioned above this kind of fish is not my husband’s favorite.  He prefers the Gulf of Mexico fish like Red Fish, etc.  However, those are not easily found in Orlando.  Only at local fish bait shops by the Gulf so we had to settle for Mahi.  Though next time we will splurge on Red Snapper, which was $14.99 lb.

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Let’s not forget the running I did over the past 3 days!

On Friday morning, after I sent my little one-off to school for her final day before Winter Vacation, I headed out for a run on what was chilly but sunny morning.

I ran 4+ miles (think around 4 and 1/2 but didn’t map it) in approximately 55 minutes.  I was not trying to go fast by any means on this run.  I just wanted to go out for a nice hour-long run and enjoy the fresh air.  And, that is exactly what I did.  =)

I also ran just under 3 miles on Sunday morning, however it was quite a different morning on this run.  The sky was covered in grey clouds and it was much colder out than on Friday, plus it was a bit foggy as well.  The run was completed in exactly 30 minutes as I had to get home by 10am.

Also, before I forget I ran a FAST 3 miles at the Gym on Thursday after work…..the reason I wanted to mention this to you for two reasons:

  1. For the 1st time I ran more than 1 mile at 6mph, I ran it for 3 whole miles!  =)  Now I will point out I started the run at 5mph and upped it to 6mph during the 1st mile and then during the last 5 minutes of the 3rd mile I ran between 6.1mph to 7.5mph to finish. 
  2. I almost fell face down on the treadmill during the last 10 seconds of my run!  Why you may ask?  Because my long sleeve t-shirt that was hanging on the side of the treadmill fell off and under my feet so I slipped on it.  Luckily, I caught myself before hitting the running treadmill with my face below.  =O

My week ended with 13 miles in all

Not to bad in all, however this week I will be aiming for 15+ in light of all the EXTRA EATING that will surely be occurring…………….

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Finally, onto baking and gift wrapping that took place all day on Sunday!  Most of the day was spent baking (and cooking a little) and the rest wrapping gifts.  I started after my daughter left with her grandma for the day and my husband went to work at 10a.m.

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First, I headed to Wal-Mart to grab a few last-minute items needed for the day, then I grabbed a coffee from Dunkin Donuts on my way home and next I made myself some breakfast.

DD Medium Hazelnut Coffee

Breakfast

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Second, I started by getting all my ingredients together so I could start the process of making Chocolate Covered Peanuts as it would take 3+ hours to make.

All the ingredients.

Then I looked over the recipe one more time and began to follow the super simple instructions.

The Recipe

Next, I chopped up all the chocolate so it was in smaller pieces for adding to the crock pot.

Chopped chocolate chunks

Last, I added all the ingredients to my crock pot that was set on low.

Everything in the crockpot

And, I set it for 3 hours and waited……….

Timer set and waiting.......

About an hour later I lifted the lid to stir everything up and then in hour two I did the same thing again.

All stired up

Just before the 3 hours were up I switched the crock pot to low as I knew it was ready to start dropping spoonfuls on wax paper, which I did.

Spoonfuls of yumminess!

Last, I let them dry.

Drying spoonfuls of yumminess!

As you can see the recipe makes A LOT, so there is plenty to give away and keep for yourself to eat!  =) 

I gave away to containers full to my mom and mom-in-law last night and the rest went into a large and medium container that I put in the freezer for keeping (I of course sampled a few while doing so).

What I love about these is they freeze wonderfully, which keeps them out of site (and mind) but when you want one all you have to do is take one out and a minute or so later it is ready to eat.

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Big Pot of Chili

Third, I made a big pot of chili to go with the chilly weather outside!  I followed my favorite recipe from Paula Dean’s son Jamie’s recipe, here it is for your viewing pleasure………..Jamie’s Chili.

Not only is to full of three (3) different kinds of beans but it is very yummy and filling.  Plus, my husband loves it so it is a super easy lunch for him.

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 Fourth, I made one of my favorites……..Pumpkin Bread!  =)

My slice after baking! =)

It was super easy to make as everything (minus the eggs, water, oil & Pecans) including the recipe came in one box……..

All the ingredients and baking items

I wipped everything together, starting with the wet ingredients and then added the dry.

Wet ingredients, whipped together

Dry ingredients, mixed in with the wet and Pecans on top

I than poured it all into the baking containers.

All poured in

And, baked at 350 degrees for 60 minutes until them came out like this……

All Done1

All Done2

And, that is how you make Pumpkin Bread (super easy) and VERY YUMMY!!!  =)  I gave the two smaller loafs to my mom and mom-in-law and kept the bigger one for home.

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And, finally, LAST, but not least I was able to get some gift wrapping done after all of the above!

All the gift wrapping items together now.......

Everything wrapped and under the tree!

And, on that note I will end this VERY long post that I hope you all enjoyed…………I will try to do a little post before the holiday, however if not I hope you all have a great and very Merry Christmas!!!  =)

Busy As A Bee

That was me this weekend, Busy As A Bee!  

I will take you through from the beginning till the end so I don’t miss anything………..  

FRIDAY  

Unfortunately, Friday morning was not good at all due to some issues at work but by afternoon I had worked through them and gotten a few more things on the biggest project of the year done so that felt good.   

However, as mentioned at the end of my last post Early A.M. Runner I didn’t finish lunch until after 5pm so “no pictures” were taken of my EATS all day but in case you are wondering I had Kashi instant oatmeal with diced apple mixed in for breakfast and a plate full of veggies for lunch.  

Though I did remember to take lots of pictures while making dinner that night at home as I wanted to share the entire experience with you because I finally was able to make the BBQ Chicken Quesadillas w/Caramelized Onions that I saw at IowaGirlEats and have been wanting to make for months now!  =)  

So without further ado I present to you…………    

BBQ Chicken Quesadillas w/Caramelized Onions

Step 1 – First, select a piece of pre-cooked chicken breast of your choice, I used PoloTropical’s chicken as it is very tasty and not full of fat.  Then, shred the pre-cooked chicken breast and slice 1/2 an onion, set both aside.  

Chicken Breast (Pre-Cooked)

Step 1

Step 2 – Heat a tablespoon of olive oil over medium-high heat. 

Step 2

 Step 3 – Start browning the onions. 

Step 3

Step 4 – Continue to brown onions over medium-high heat until you start to see them getting more and more brown, stirring them every few minutes or so.  I also turned the heat down a little after stirring per the advise of Kristen at IowaGirlEats

Step 4

Step 5 – The onions will start to get really brown after approximately 15 minutes and you will want the heat to be around medium-low (or Level 4 as shown on my oven) at this point. 

Step 5

Step 6 – Add 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1 teaspoon of sugar to the pan, being sure to stir it around and turn the temperature down another notice to around low heat (or Level 3).  Continue to brown until the onions start to caramelize, get a little sticky and look like the below.  Set aside. 

Step 6

Step 7 – Select the wrap of your choice – – – I used Mission Multi-Grain Wraps as they are pretty good and high in fiber.  Then place it on a greased pan over medium-high heat.   

Mission Multi-Grain Wraps

Steps 9 thru 11  – Top wrap with shredded cheese of your choice, then shredded chicken breast, bbq sauce and last carmelized onions.

Step 8

Step 9

Step 10

Step 11

Step 12 – Flip over empty side of wrap so it covers the other side, then brown it on both sides for a few minutes or until the cheese is melted. 

Step 12 (one side)

Step 12 (other side)

Final Step – Plate with a side of bbq sauce and ENJOY! 

Final Step

Try them, you will not be dissapointed as they were A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

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Later that even I visited my husband about 30 minutes before he left work (The Salon) so he could give me a Trim on the multi-layered cut he gave me a few months ago, that came out really good!  =)

My Multi-Layered Trim!

I have to say I am very lucky to have a husband as a Cosmetologist…..as I get FREE cuts, trims, blow outs, flat irons and soon “highlighting” and/or “coloring” anytime I want!  =)

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SATURDAY
 
Due to a very long, busy & tiring week I stayed in bed until around 9:30a.m. and did not hit the street 1st thing for my scheduled 9.1 Mile Run as you will see on my16-Week 15K Training Plan
 
But, I did finally venture outside around 10:45a.m. to complete a 4 Mile Run in approximately 45 minutes
 
Luckily for me it wasn’t too hot outside, there was a slight breeze in the air, my route took me through many shaded areas and I think Fall is finally trickling into Florida…………as if I tried to run at this time a month ago I surely would have passed out from the heat or something!  =O
 
 

And, I am VERY HAPPY to report that I did not have any Runner’s Knee pain at all during my run, which I attribute to the following:

  • More rest!  I finally got a full 8 hours+ on Friday night.
  • No long runs!  I continued to run every day or two, however I did not complete any long runs this past week (nothing over 4 miles).
  • Ran slower!  I made sure to pace myself so I would be running around 11 minute miles or slower.

Despite the fact that it was DIFFICULT to do the last 2 I did as I knew they would only aggravate my knee pain and could possibly make it worse, which I didn’t want to happen as the thought of not running at all frightens me………espically since the race I have been training for over the past 4 Months is only a week away!  =O 

 In Past News – I forgot to post about Wednesday nights visit to the GYM!  Check out what I did below, pretty much a repeat from the week before………… 

Reach Your Better Body Goal – Trim from Tush to Toe Workout

***2 or 3 sets of each, 10-15 reps each

The above left me VERY SORE for several days!  In fact, my legs were still sore on Saturday morning during my run…….a “good sore” of course, which means you actually worked those muscles – – – always aim for soreness, just stay clear of PAIN!  =)

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Do Not Do I As I Did On Saturday!!!

Basically, I did not eat anything all day until almost 4pm!!!  =O

Breakfast was skipped completely as was lunch technically since I didn’t eat until almost 4pm so that would be closer to dinner then lunch.

Why did I do this I am sure you are wondering!?!?! 

Because I woke up to late to have breakfast.  Then I ran and afterwards was running around like a “busy bee” doing this and that …….that food was just not a thought in my mind, so I forgot to eat!

However, my stomach started to remind me after 2pm with a vengences and I also started to get very “light headed” and “tired”!  So please do not do as I did you will surely regret it as I did.

Once I finally ate I had some very good, a Greek “Traditional” Gyro at a local Greek Bistro!

Dinner

My husband has been wanting to go for awhile so we did just that and man was it GOOD!  I could have had 2 of them and the husband did.  =O

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SUNDAY

Sunday morning was dedicated to House Cleaning and lots of it, check out what I did below over a 3 hour period:

  • Cleaned all 3 bathrooms.
  • Dusted the entire house.
  • Cleaned the kitchen from top to bottom.
  • Mopped bathrooms, kitchen and front hallway.
  • Vacuumed the entire house.

Afterwards I headed to the Publix to do my weekly Grocery Shopping, which took about an hour+.  Then it was back home to unpack everything and make lunch.  I had a bowl of soup I got on sale at the store that wasn’t very good but I still ate it.

Lunch

A few errands were ran after lunch and before I knew it dinner time was fast approaching so I got cracking on that by pulling out the grill

The Grill!

And, as you might have guessed we had t-bone steak with steamed/grilled asparagus and a loaded sweet potato………..YUM!

Dinner

Well, that was my weekend, very full but good!  =)

How was yours!?!?!

I Took The Weekend Off!!!

Yes, I you heard correctly……..I took the weekend off! 

 

And, I also slept in on both mornings for a change until 9am, which is late for me as I am usually up at 7am or so. 

I also skipped my scheduled 5 Mile Run on Saturday!  =O 

Why did I do this you might ask???   

The answer is simple…..I WAS VERY TIRED!!!   

I think the past 3 months of race/toning training and 2 months of working on my new project at work finally caught up to me this weekend.  Because I was just so tired, falling asleep on the couch each night and then struggling to get out of bed the next morning

 

So when Saturday morning came and I was struggling to get out of bed my husband rolled over and said “why don’t you take the day off of running“.  It was like he was reading my mind.  

Later he also said “you have been going strong for a long time now, a day off won’t kill you“, which is exactly what I needed to hear and is exactly what I did…………I took the weekend off from running!  =) 

Fast forward to Monday morning and I am feeling great, very rested, thanks to my weekend off!  Plus, I also did not feel the least bit guilty about it.  Well ok I did slightly on Saturday morning but it went away fast because I knew I had not taken a weekend off in months (2 to be exact) and I obviously needed the rest!  ***Remember to listen to your body!*** 

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So what did I do during “my weekend off” you might ask!?!?!  

The following: 

  • Ordered pizza on Friday night from Papa John’s per my daughter’s request.

My "veggie" slices!

  • Slept in both mornings with my hubby!
  • Ran a bunch of errands on Saturday.  Had lots of “returns & exchanges” to do, plus last-minute School Supplies to buy as well.
  • Had lunch with my Mom on Saturday afternoon.  We went to a local favorite called BJ’s.  I love their food, especially a soup & salad combo they have as a “lunch special”.

My cup of tomato basil soup!

My plate pilled high with my BBQ chicken salad!

  • Grilled out on Saturday night.  We had t-bone & porterhouse steaks that were on sale at Publix, plus grilled veggies and baked sweet potatoes.  Than we watched the UFC 119 premlims and I fall asleep on the couch.

On The Grill!

On my plate!

  • Went into work on Sunday afternoon from 12pm to 4pm to work on a report that is due first thing Monday.
  • Prepared food (lunches & a dinner) for the week upon my return home from the office.  Plus I did the rest of my laundry.
  • Made dinner, than ate it with the family.

My bowl!

  • Watched a t.v. movie with the hubby and went to bed before midnight.

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4 Reasons To Sleep More

 

Why You Need More Sleep Tonight

 

IT MAKES YOU…HEALTHY
Skimping on shut-eye has the potential to be deadly: “Chronic sleep debt raises your risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and obesity,” says Dr. Emsellem. Your immune system is compromised too, “so you’re more susceptible to catching every virus that comes along.”

IT MAKES YOU…SMARTER
Though your body shuts down, your brain buzzes with activity as you sleep. That’s when it sorts, processes, consolidates, and stores the masses of information you absorbed during the day. “Sleep is crucial for learning, cognition, memory, and performance,” says Dr. Epstein. In fact, a Harvard study showed that adults who got a good night’s sleep performed 44 percent better on a memory test 12 hours later, compared with those who stayed awake.

IT MAKES YOU…SLIM
Recent research reveals “a very close relationship between insufficient sleep and the inability to lose or stabilize weight,” says Dr. Emsellem. A likely reason: Sleep debt interferes with the function of hormones that regulate how efficiently the body burns fat.

IT MAKES YOU…COORDINATED
Harvard scientists have found that after trying a new motor task — playing a piano minuet, doing an aerobics routine — a good night’s rest solidifies what you’ve learned, making it easier and more automatic the next day. “Studies show that your brain replays the same sequences during the night,” explains Dr. Emsellem. “The next day, you just know the moves — it’s no longer a conscious act.”